Nara Women's University  Chemistry Course, Department of Chemistry, Biology and Environmental Science

Guidance of chemistry course

Nara 630-8506, JAPAN

Researches and Education

Division of physical chemistry of condensed matter

Investigations of physicochemical properties of
molecular assemblies

    In the experiment field of division of physical chemistry of condensed matter, we investigate the physicochemical properties of the soft matter such as surfactants, amphiphilic polymers, ionic liquids, liquid crystals, and metal nanoparticles. We also investigate the nano-structures of the molecular aggregates by the measurements of small-angle X-ray or neutron scattering, EXAFS, light scattering, and transmission electron microscopy.
    In the field of theoretical physical chemistry, we investigate the motion of electrons and molecules in materials, which cannot be understood by experiments. As the theoretical tools, we make full use of the latest physical computational approaches such as molecular dynamics method, path integral method, and quantum wavepacket method in order to solve equations of motion based on classical and quantum mechanics. In particular, we focus on the studies of liquid helium and hydrogen at low temperatures and vibrational excitations of molecules exposed to tailored laser pulse irradiation.

Division of chemistry for molecular design

Creation of innovative functional molecules
toward sustainable society

    We investigate the creation of innovative functional molecules by fabricating various metals and organic molecules as ‘metal complexes, aiming for the realization of sustainable human society in accordance with precious nature. For example, catalysts for CO2 fixation which serve as a basis for artificial photosynthesis, synthetic organic catalysts for environmentally load-reducing reactions which can selectively synthesize desirable compounds under mild conditions and without harmful wastes, and nano-sized molecular devices with an aim of resource and energy saving future system, are currently under investigation. We are challenging to establish “sustainable future” by using “metal complexes” as key materials.

Division of functional chemistry in life science

Research of biomolecules functioning in the
mechanism of life

    All animals, plants, and other living organisms consist of many biomolecules including proteins, nucleic acids, and polysaccharides. Our lives are supported by these molecules, which have a variety of functions including catalysis to promote specific chemical reactions and to maintain homeostasis. In the Division of Functional Chemistry on Life Sciences, we aim to elucidate the structure and function of biomolecules involved in the mechanism of life, using many high-technology facilities including mass spectrometer, optical, nuclear magnetic resonance, and other spectroscopic instruments. We are also taking synthetic approaches to metal complexes that mimic biological functions, act as fluorescent metal ion sensors, and to molecules that control biological phenomena.

Division of functional chemistry for materials

Design of new functional materials and molecules

    In the field of functional materials chemistry, we engage in the development of new functional materials through the study of optical and magnetic properties of molecules, while being conscious about their practicability and applicability.
   We are focusing on the generation of lanthanoide complexes which show specific properties and functionalities due to unique nature of the f-electron(s). We design/synthesize the luminescent sensors and quantum magnets at molecular level, of which the functional mechanism are revealed from various physical measurements.